Alabama, ranked No. 4 in both polls, enters the game
with a record of 11-1 and winners of two straight after
opening the SEC schedule with a 61-51 win over Arkansas
Wednesday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tideís
only loss of the season was a 51-49 defeat at Utah that
came on the day Alabama moved to the No. 1 spot in the
nation in the AP poll.
Sophomore guard Maurice Williams leads the team with
15.7 points and 3.6 assists per game. Senior forward/center
Erwin Dudley, who is the only player in the SEC to be
averaging double figures in both scoring and rebounding,
is second on the team in scoring with 13.7 points per
contest and his team-leading 10.5 rebounds per contest
is tops in the SEC by 1.8 boards per game.
Just as this year, Vanderbilt and Alabama met in the
second SEC game of last season with the Tide claiming
a 92-79 win in Tuscaloosa. In that game, Alabama outshot
the Commodores by 30 at the free-throw line, making
Auburn shot 50 percent from the field for the game after
Vanderbilt had only allowed one team this season to
shoot 50 percent or better in even a half (Notre Dame,
1st Half)...In addition to allowing Auburn to shoot
50 percent, Vanderbiltís 37.1 percent shooting was the
third lowest of the season and the Commodores still
only lost by three points on the road...Jason Holwerda
had a career-high with six assists and his five rebounds
is just one off a career-best mark...In all five losses
this season, Vanderbilt has failed to outrebound its
opponent...Against Auburn, there were 16 ties and nine
lead changes...The Commodores did not make a field goal
in the final 3:55 versus Auburn...Points in the paint:
VU 28, AU 38...Points off turnovers: VU 24, AU 6...Second-chance
points: VU 9, AU 14...Fast-break points: VU 0, AU 2.
Vanderbilt-Alabama Game Time Changed
The Southeastern Conference office permitted Vanderbilt
to change the game time for the Vanderbilt-Alabama menís
basketball game from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Despite the change
in tipoff time, the game will still be broadcast on
Fox Sports South. The change was done in an effort to
avoid a conflict with Saturdayís 3:30 p.m. Tennessee
Titans playoff game in Nashville.
Continues to Set Scoring Records
Sophomore Brian Thornton set his career high in scoring
for the fourth time this season with 23 points at Auburn,
including 19 in the second half alone. He got to his
record on 10-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-4
from the free-throw line, while playing just 22 minutes.
He also grabbed six boards.
Entering the season, Thorntonís career-best was 17
points. He scored 18 points against Georgia Southern
and East Tennessee, 20 points against Tulane and 22
points versus High Point.
Gives Vanderbilt Quality Play in Back-to-Back
Games Scott Hundley had a good past week with solid
performances against College of Charleston and at Auburn.
Against College of Charleston, he scored six points,
which was the most for him since scoring 11 versus Connecticut.
Hundley then came back to score nine points at Auburn
on 3-of-4 shooting from the field, 1-of-1 from threepoint
range and 2-of-2 from the line.
In addition to his scoring, Hundley showed his all-around
game against College of Charleston as he tied a career-high
with five assists to go along with no turnovers. For
the season, he is fifth in the SEC in assist/turnover
ratio with 2.67 assists for every turnover.
Thornton vs. Killingsworth
After Auburn took a 28-23 halftime lead Wednesday, the
second half became a battle between Vanderbiltís Brian
Thornton and Auburnís Marco Killingsworth. In the second
half, Thornton and Killingsworth both made eight of
their respective teamís 14 field goals.
Killingsworth, who had just two points at the intermission,
scored the first basket in the second half and went
on to finish with 16 secondhalf points and 18 for the
game. Thornton, who had just four points in the first,
answered Killingsworthís opening basket with two buckets
of his own en route to scoring 19 second-half points
and a career-high 23 for the game.
Ranks Among SECís Top Freshmen
Freshman forward Julian Terrell ranks in the top five
of SEC freshmen in three statistical categories. Among
SEC freshmen, Terrell is second in blocks (0.83), fourth
in rebounds (4.1) and fifth in field goal percentage